NJMSP Thunderbolt July 28-30/2023
Saturday qualifying started bright and early with the coolest temperatures we were going to see all
weekend. John Thompson took pole position with a 1:25.8 and the front row was rounded out by Brent
Gernert at a 1:26.2. Row 2 had Trey Dusek out qualify Rob Sherwood by only 14 hundredths of a second.
The rest of the grid was filled out by Joe Moran, Simon Green, Lee Brahin, Rob Dusek, Tom LaCosta,
Bryan Gernert, and Jack Freehoff.
Race 1 saw pole sitter John Thompson have an engine issue precluding him from accelerating as hard as
those around him. John dropped down to 6th place before he was able to make his way through the
field. Brent Gernert took the lead into turn one and had a three second gap over Trey who was second
after the start. A few laps later John made his way to third place where he spent 5 laps looking for a way
around Trey. He eventually used an over under move through turn 6 and took second place. Shortly
after, Trey pulled off the track due to a loose left rear wheel and John went on to use lap traffic to get by
Brent and take the eventual win with Brent in P2 and Rob Sherwood in P3.
Sunday's race saw a starting grid of Thompson, Gernert, Sherwood, Green, Gernert, Dusek II, LaCosta,
Freehoff, Dusek III, Brahin, and Moran. At the green flag John Thompson retained the lead into T1 and
Gernert followed right in behind. Trey Dusek pushed through the field quickly in an effort to catch Rob
Sherwood, hoping for a good race, but the hot track temperatures and clear running Sherwood had a
good start. Bryan Gernert would have a gearbox problem making the track even more slick than it
already was. He eventually pulled off safely, allowing track to stay green. The race ended with the same
podium order as Saturday's race marking the end to a great race weekend.